Researcher in Computational Biophysics

Uppsala University Department of Chemistry

Researcher in Computational Biophysics, with Focus on Artificial Intelligence in Structural Biology

Published: 2021-05-20

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Department of Chemistry – BMC conducts research and education in analytical chemistry, biochemistry and organic chemistry. More than 100 people work at the department. New employees and students are recruited from all over the world and English is the main working language. The department is located at the Biomedical Centre in Uppsala, which facilitates collaborations with research groups in biology, pharmacy, medicine and SciLifeLab and gives access to advanced infrastructure for experimental and theoretical studies. You can find more information about us here.

We are searching for a researcher in computational biophysics, with focus on artificial intelligence in structural biology.

The position is placed in the Westenhoff research group. The team has the goal to uncover structural dynamics of proteins and chemical reactions. The research at the interface of biology, chemistry and physics has resulted in two ERC awards and other high profile grants, and the group continuously publishes in widely recognized journals. Find more information on: http://www.westenhofflab.net/ and on google scholar.

The project: We are looking for a researcher to apply machine learning and artificial intelligence approaches for protein structure prediction and for combining these with the analysis cryo EM data and serial X-ray crystallography. The project also aims at preparing a national infrastructure for proteins structure prediction. We welcome applicants, who contribute own ideas on the project design.

The work duties: Your work duties may be adjusted, depending on the project design and your personal preferences, They may include

  • Research within the specified project.
  • Computational analysis of single-particle cryo EM and/or serial crystallography data with AI or machine learning.
  • Application of machine learning approaches to protein structure prediction.
  • Work towards an implementation plan for a national infrastructure for proteins structure prediction.

Qualifications required: A doctoral degree or a foreign degree equivalent to a doctoral degree in a field, for the employer, relevant to the project.

You are required to have

  • Hands-on expertise with advanced computational data analysis and/or programming in biophysics, structural biology, or chemistry.
  • A very good publication record and publication pipeline, which demonstrates scientific maturity and productivity.  
  • A track record of scientific independence, creativity, team work and results orientation.
  • The ability to express yourself in spoken as well as written English.

We prefer candidates, which have

  • Experience with machine learning and artificial intelligence applied to problems in biophysics or structural biology.   

Salary: Individual salary.

Starting date: 2020-07-01, or as agreed.

Type of employment: Temporary position for 24 months.

Scope of employment: 100%.

For further information about the position please contact: Prof Sebastian Westenhoff Sebastian.Westenhoff@chem.gu.se, +46 766 18 3936.

Application: The application should include

  • a brief letter of intent describing yourself, your research interests and why you are suitable for the position.
  • a CV with publication list.
  • a copy of your PhD degree, your grades and a copy of your thesis (can be provided as a link).
  • name and contact information to at least two reference persons (e-mail address and phone no.).

The application should be written in English.

You are welcome to submit your application no later than June 16, 2021 UFV-PA 2021/1996

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Placement: Department of Chemistry - BMC

Type of employment: Full time , Temporary position longer than 6 months

Pay: Individual salary

Number of positions: 1

Working hours: 100 %

Town: Uppsala

County: Uppsala län

Country: Sweden

Union representative: Seko Universitetsklubben seko@uadm.uu.se
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Saco-rådet saco@uadm.uu.se

Number of reference: UFV-PA 2021/1996

Last application date: 2021-06-16

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